World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions

World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions

Our flagship WGC-HSBC Champions sits proudly as the only World Golf Championship event outside of the Americas and as such is the biggest golf tournament in the world outside of the US and The Open Championship.

The four World Golf Championship events are the most prestigious in golf, outside of the four major championships. Following a meeting of golf's five world governing bodies (European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour), the World Golf Championships were developed to enhance the competitive structure of professional golf worldwide while preserving the traditions and strengths of the individual Tours and their events.

As the first truly global golf tournament following the sport's successful return to the Olympics at Rio 2016, there was something extra special about the Shanghai showdown last year. It was almost as if the momentum gathered over the last decade was building
up to this moment. And the tournament did not disappoint.  No less than forty of the world's top 50 players lined up at Sheshan International Golf Club and to launch the event in style five of the world's best golfers starred in "Return of the Superheroes", an all-action animated film that celebrates their individual superhero qualities; of course, the hero who emerged as The Champion was Asia's first-ever WGC winner, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama who beat a world-class field by seven shots. In doing so, he also became the youngest ever winner of the tournament.

The performance of Matsuyama represents yet another milestone in the ongoing success story of Asian golf. When we first brought HSBC Champions to China in 2005 our ambition was to create a world class international golf tournament in an emerging market. And in 2012 our "Golf's 2020 Vision" report predicted a major Asian presence in the world's Top 10, something that looks more than realistic given recent progress. Today, Asia is golf's new horizon. It's going to be fascinating to see where it takes us next.

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Rose takes aim on second – and wins

Created on: 29th October 2017

















The unthinkable happened over the last round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan. Justin Rose won the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan in spite of the fact that Dustin Johnson, the World No 1, had started the day eight shots ahead of him and six clear of the field.

“It was the kind of day you hope for,” said Rose, who won by two from the trio of Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Brooks Koepka. “It was the perfect kind of day to make a comeback – and an easy day to make mistakes if, like Dustin, you were leading.” It was also a day when the plan Rose has in his head for chasing someone with a big lead came in handy. Whenever that applies, he always aims, “to win the other tournament.”

Rose, would you believe, was still six behind with nine holes to go. However, after telling himself that he was going to play match-play against the course over the homeward half, he romped home in 31 for this comeback of comebacks. “Unbelievable!” is what he said – and it was. He now has a US Open title to his name, an Olympic Gold and two WGCs.

Johnson had made as many as 22 birdies over the first three days. Today, on the other hand, the most dashing man in golf had none in his trouble-strewn 77.

There was not a soul at Sheshan who had expected him to do anything other than run away with the title at the start of the day. He was playing patient, sensible golf and he knew how to win round here, having done as much in 2013. Not only that, but WGC events seemed to have been made for him; he already had five in the bag when he arrived at Sheshan last week.

Even when he dropped a shot at each of the first two holes, none among his fans was overly concerned and neither was he. Furthermore, every time Brooks Koepka and Rose started to put a bit of early pressure on him, they backed off with a few errant putts. Everything, it seemed, was going to work out in the end.

Yet far from things taking a turn for the better after his outward 38, they got worse. He was still two ahead after missing a par putt at the 12th, while he did well to salvage a par at the 14th after hacking across the green from the edge of a water hazard. But his luck ran out when he made bunkered bogeys at each of the next two holes.

Rose had been creeping up on him with birdies at the 11th, 13th and 14th. He went one ahead with a birdie at the 16th – and doubled that little lead when he knocked his five iron to two feet at the short 17th. A Rose par at the 18th was all that was required as the leading group of Johnson, Stenson and Koepka added to their mistakes rather than getting their acts together.

While that trio was staggering home, Rose was busy with broadcasts and calls from his wife, Kate, who was watching the extraordinary goings-on back home in the Bahamas with the couple’s two young children. (It was three a.m. in that part of the world.)

At the first possible opportunity, Dustin came up to congratulate him: ”Nice play, very well done.” You expected no less from the World No. 1.

Asked to sum up his day of disasters, Johnson came up with a rueful, “It was simple. I just could never get anything going and I didn’t hole any putts.”

Superheroes emerge across Shanghai

Created on: 29th October 2017

















Today at Sheshan International golf club the best golfers in the world will face off, all trying to prove they are the ultimate superhero by claiming the Old Tom Morris trophy.

But these elite golfers aren’t the only ones who’ve been proving their superhero credentials in Shanghai. In the run-up to and during the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions, tournament sponsor HSBC has been hosting the HSBC Superhero Boot Camp. This innovative live experience has given fans across Shanghai the chance to live their dream of being a golfing superhero and test their skills against the best in world.

Throughout the tournament, HSBC has been celebrating the unique superhero traits of four of the best players at WGC-HSBC Champions: Dustin “The Heat” Johnson, Hideki “The Mountain” Matsuyama, Henrik “The Machine” Stenson and Haotong “The Force” Li. The HSBC Superhero Boot Camp is made up of four challenges that tests participants in line with these characteristics: heat, energy, mountain & machine. The event also included a live screen showing the action from Sheshan and a 360° video cinema.

The Boot Camp was even given a star studded grand opening as China’s a-list actor Lu Yi made an appearance alongside HSBC China CEO David Liao and a selection of junior players from the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program.

HSBC has a long term commitment to grow golf at all levels. By investing in programs such as the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program and the HSBC Superhero Boot Camp, HSBC is looking to both ensure new fans in China are attracted to golf and that those new fans have a sustainable structure to support them learning the game.

Ryder cup captain scouts future Shanghai stars

Created on: 28th October 2017

















Thomas Bjorn, captain of Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup, is in Shanghai this week for the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions. He took a break from monitoring European golfing talent to do some talent spotting of a different kind as he hosted a golf clinic for elite junior Chinese golfers.

Bjorn was joined by Wu Ashun, long term ambassador for Chinese golf, as the pair offered unique insights and tips on what it takes to become one of golf’s superheroes. Ashun is competing at WGC-HSBC Champions this week for the 9th time.

Thomas Bjorn said after the clinic: “The growth of golf in China has been truly astonishing. You only have to look at where Chinese golf was 10 years ago and where it is today to see that China is without doubt an emerging golfing superpower. It was a great pleasure to be a part of supporting the next generation of golfers at today’s clinic.”

Local golfing star Wu Ashun added: “The impact of the WGC-HSBC Champions cannot be underestimated in terms of allowing Chinese players to compete against the very best, and introducing a new generation of young fans to the game. I am certain that without WGC-HSBC Champions and all of the programmes taking place around it, we would not have seen such levels of growth”

The clinic was part of tournament sponsor HSBC’s long term commitment to help grow the game by investing in golf at all levels. HSBC continues to support the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program – a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built.

Mercedes Benz announced as official car of the WGC-HSBC champions

Created on: 28th October 2017

















Mercedes-Benz is announced today as a proud sponsor and the new Official Car of the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place this week at Sheshan International Golf Club.

The four-year partnership with the WGC-HSBC Champions, one of only four World Golf Championship events, starts this year as fifteen of the world’s top twenty players gather in Shanghai to compete for an increased prize fund of $9,750,000.

Mercedes-Benz has been involved in professional golf since the 1980s and supports a large number of tournaments in the professional and amateur game around the world. As a proud sponsor of three of golfs men’s Majors – The Masters, The Open and The US PGA Championship – their decision to sponsor the tournament, recognised unofficially as ‘Asia’s Major’ is an obvious one.

















Mercedes Benz will provide a fleet of over seventy luxury cars for the use of players and officials at the WGC-HSBC Champions. In addition, they have built a special new Mercedes me Café overlooking the Driving Range, where spectators can relax and watch the professionals practice; whilst in the spectator village there will be an interactive car display, which will include the Mercedes-Benz F1 simulator experience. Out on the golf course professionals will compete for a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe by achieving a Hole-In-One on the 17th Par-3 hole.

Reigning Champion Hideki Matsuyama will defend his title against a star-studded 78-man field which includes current World No.1 Dustin Johnson, two former world number ones, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day, and all of the three Olympic medallists; Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze).

















Qualifying in his own right this year, home favourite and Mercedes Benz Ambassador, Li Haotong will head up China’s interest, along with six players nominated by the Chinese Golf Association including fellow Mercedes Benz ambassador Liang Wenchong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi.

Tickets are on sale at www.HSBCgolf.com/buy-tickets-online. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

Asian golf on the rise

Created on: 27th October 2017

















The biggest stars in international golf may be in Shanghai for World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, but they face stiff competition from a talented field of Asian golfers. Hot on the heels of Hideki Matsuyama becoming Asia’s first-ever WGC winner at the tournament last year, there looks set to be another strong Asian challenge at Sheshan International golf club.

Local fans can look forward to an impressive showing from Chinese golfers in particular, a group that has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. It is two years since Haotong Li finished seventh at WGC-HSBC Champions, the highest ever PGA Tour finish by a Chinese-born player. This year the talented Hunan-born player shot a record-equalling 63 on the final day of the The Open Championship to claim a place in the record books, not to mention the 2018 Masters.

Haotong Li is by no means alone. 20-year-old Dou Zecheng, who also lines up at WGC-HSBC Champions this week, recently earned his PGA Tour card after winning on the Web.com Tour this summer.

When HSBC first brought the tournament to Shanghai over a decade ago, a major part of the ambition was to help grow golf in China. There is no doubt that the game has come on leaps and bounds, with China now an emerging golfing superpower. Initiatives such as the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built, have had had a profound effect. Both Haotong Li and Dou Zecheng are graduates of the scheme, it’s going to be fascinating watching their progress this week.

The superheroes of golf have landed

Created on: 26th October 2017

















World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions got off to a flying start as four superheroes of golf arrived in Shanghai in dramatic style, posing for a gravity-defying image on the roof of The Peninsula Hotel.

World Number 1 Dustin Johnson, last year’s runner-up Henrik Stenson and local hero Haotong Li were suspended in mid-air far above the iconic Shanghai skyline and the watching gaze of defending champion and World Number 3 Hideki Matsuyama who was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

The action was directed by Beijing-born contemporary artist Li Wei who specialises in gravity-defying imagery with the use of metal wires and scaffolding.

WGC-HSBC Champions has become known for its ‘Superhero’ theme, reflecting a tournament that attracts the best of the best in world golf. This will play out once again in 2017 as fifteen of the world’s Top 20 players gather in China.

The four players involved in the high-flying photo shoot each have their own superhero persona reflecting their unique style. Dustin Johnson is “The Heat”, Hideki Matsuyama is “The Mountain”, Henrik Stenson is “The Machine” and Haotong Li is “The Force”. It may have been all smiles on top of the Peninsula, but as play begins these giants of the global game are set for a fierce golfing battle.

Speaking after his high-wire experience, World Number 1 Dustin Johnson said: “I’ve heard of climbing the rankings but this is pretty extreme! I have great memories of winning here in 2013 and as ever in Shanghai it’s going to be tough, competitive but a lot of fun.”

The father factor

Created on: 25th October 2017

















Plenty of players in this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan have been taught by their fathers, either at some point in their careers or all along. Tyrrell Hatton is the latest of this brigade to come to the fore, only his father, Jeff, is a dad with a difference.

A single figure amateur, Jeff suffered the humiliation of being beaten by Tyrrell for a first time when the lad was a mere six years of age. You would have thought that Jeff’s inclination at that point would be to have nothing more to do with golf . Instead, he decided that he far preferred teaching Tyrrell to playing himself and, at 42, he gave up his regular job to embark on the long process of qualifying as a PGA professional. “I realised I had an eye for a golf swing but it was still a bit of a gamble,” he said.

No less of a perfectionist than his son, Jeff decided to do things properly – and to the full. He studied every aspect of the career, including club-fitting, and today has his own teaching studio built on to the family home. The only golfers he cannot accommodate are left-handers, with Tyrrell explaining that the equipment in the studio is only set up for right-handers.

When it came to the mental side of golf, there was nothing Jeff could teach his son, for the boy is a born winner who, in the lead-up to this week, captured back-to-back events in Europe. First stop was the Dunhill Links championship where he won by four from Ross Fisher and Richard Stone; second came the Italian Open where he finished one ahead of Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

This is Hatton’s third trip to the WGC-HSBC Champions. He has no recollection of how he scored on his two previous visits, largely because “It’s not something I want to remember”. This year, though, he has pre-tournament feelings which are in a different league. “In my previous visits, I didn’t begin to be in the same form as I am coming into this week. This time, I can’t wait to get going.” He will be playing alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, who like himself is in line to make next year’s Ryder Cup side for Paris, and Li Haotong.

It goes without saying that Hatton’s eager anticipation is accentuated by those twin triumphs at the start of the month. Even now, he goes to bed dreaming of a couple of the shots that made the difference.

At St Andrews, at the Dunhill, it was the six iron he hit from 194 yards to fifteen feet at the notorious 17th which paved the way for his Saturday 62.
In Italy, it was what happened at the 18th on the Sunday afternoon when it had looked for all the world as if he was heading to join Fisher and Aphibarnrat in a three-way play off. Not fancying that idea, he holed from all of 18 feet to edge ahead of the pair of the,. “I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my knees and hands were shaking.”

For the record, Hatton had birdied five of the last seven holes.

The inner man

Created on: 25th October 2017

















Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm, who are playing alongside Dustin Johnson for the first two rounds of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan, were focussing on their inner feelings at their pre-tournament press conferences.

Matsuyama was concentrating on the very different task of coming into the event as a defending champion. He romped past the rest in 2017, winning by a cool seven shots from none other than Henrik Stenson. “He left us all in the dust,” to use Stenson’s words. Yet, easy though it all looked for the Japanese player, he sees the business of doing the same again as a tough ask. “To get to the top of your game, and to continue on top, are both very hard. I’m still only learning how hard…Therein lies the difficulty of golf.”

He doesn’t want to put too much pressure on himself this week. Instead, he is going to hope and wait “for the tournament come to me as it did a year ago.”

Rahm was questioned on his competitiveness. He was asked if he was born with it or whether it was something he had learned. Though the Spaniard suspects that people can learn it, he thinks that he was born with it. Even as a small child, he wanted to beat everyone at everything. His brother, who is six years older than he is, didn’t let that happen for a bit but, before too long, Rahm was in the way of winning and loving everything that goes with it.

“I don’t,” he said, “look at failure, I look at winning. I love competing and I love the butterflies that you have in a championship.”

How lucky is that? For your average golfer, those butterflies can be little killers.

Another thing to emerge about Rahm yesterday is that he is one of the game’s natural historians. Apparently, he can give you chapter and verse on the late Seve Ballesteros’s career. Again, he probably knows many more facts and figures about this WGC-HSBC tournament than many of those who have played in it year after year. “He reads up on everything,” said his manager, Steve Loy.

This week, the Spaniard will have all the fun of watching history in the making as Dou Zecheng and Xinjun Zhang become the first two Chinese golfers to tee up in this event as full playing members of the USPGA Tour.

Both started their professional careers on the US China Tour, and both moved on from there to the web.com before graduating to the toughest circuit on the planet.

It goes without saying that for Zecheng and Zhang to be competing here as fellow members of the same tour as such as Matsuyama, Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson is huge for them and huge for China.

Just as Matsuyama will be thinking about “letting the tournament come to me”, and Rahm will be hoping for a week when the butterflies will stir in what is his first appearance in China, so these Chinese players will be lapping up the realisation of all their golfing dreams.

Shanghai set for Asia's Major

Created on: 23rd October 2017

















 

The field is set for 'Asia's Major' with fifteen of the world's top twenty players in Shanghai this week to compete for an increased prize fund of $9,750,000 at the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Reigning Champion Hideki Matsuyama will defend his title against a star-studded 78-man field, which boasts 23 nationalities and includes nine Major champions who have won 13 Major Championships and 576 international tournament titles from 75 champions.

Competing for an increased first prize of $1.66 million, current World No.1 and former Champion Dustin Johnson, is joined by two former world number ones – 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day – and all of the Olympic medallists – Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze). Also in the field is Brooks Koepka, the 2017 US Open Champion, and fan favourite and five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

Qualifying in his own right this year, home favourite, Li Haotong will head up China's interest, along with six players nominated by the Chinese Golf Association Li Haotong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liang Wenchong, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi.

The final player field is available online at www.hsbcgolf.com/player-profiles and tickets will also be on sale at Sheshan International Golf Club. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Li Haotong and six other Chinese golfers to compete in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

Created on: 19th October 2017

















 

For the first time since the HSBC Champions was upgraded to a World Golf Championship event in 2009, an unprecedented number of seven Chinese golfers namely Li Haotong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liang Wenchong, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi, will challenge the star-studded field and show the world the strength of Chinese golf from October 26th to 29th at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai.

Since 2013, the qualification spots for Chinese golfers at the WGC-HSBC Champions have increased from four to six thanks to the concerted efforts of the China Golf Association. Although the quota remains unchanged this year, Li Haotong has qualified through his own merit by ranking among the top 30 in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai, bringing the total number of Chinese golfers to seven at this event for the first time in its history.

















 

2017 has been a phenomenal year for Li Haotong. Despite not recording a win in 2017 so far, he has finished in the top 10 on the European Tour four times. In particular, his greatest achievement has been garnering a third place finish at the 146th British Open by shooting a final round score of 63. This marks the lowest score and highest finish ever by a Chinese golfer at the Majors.

Li Haotong graduated from the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program and tied for 7th at the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions, setting a record for a Chinese golfer at the World Golf Championships. Currently ranked 64th in the world, he will embark on another attempt this year to reach for the pinnacle of golf.

















 

















 

This year also witnessed other great achievements for Dou Zecheng and Zhang Xinjun, who became China’s first official PGA Tour members through their outstanding performances on the Web.com Tour. Dou Zecheng became the first Chinese winner on the Tour and together with Zhang Xinjun, they finished among the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour. Both recently began their new journey on the PGA Tour by teeing off at the Safeway Open.

















 

Fujian golfer Wu Ashun has begun his comeback on the European Tour where he has finished among the top 10 on four occasions this season. He finished tied 9th at the European Masters and 7th at the Portugal Masters in September 2017. This year marks his 9th time competing at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

















 

Guangdong golfer Liang Wenchong will also set another record at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions. He is the only one among the seven Chinese golfers who has not missed any WGC-HSBC Champions edition since its inception and this will be his 13th appearance at the tournament. Over the past year, Liang has made great strides on the international golf scene with a victory on the Japan Golf Tour in April, winning the Token Homemate Cup for the second time in his career.

















 

















 

Comparatively, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi are relatively fresh faces at the event. Beijing golfer 27-year-old Cao Yi won the men’s team gold medal together with teammate Dou Zecheng at the 13th National Games in Tianjin this year. He has also finished in the top 10 three times on the PGA Tour China. This will be his second appearance at the tournament with his debut outing at Sheshan clearly demonstrating the additional work needed to bridge the gap between him and the world’s top players. At the same, 20-year-old Liu Yanwei will make his debut this year and has gained strength rapidly over the past year. He has ranked among the top 10 in many Asian golf events and was tied for 11th on the European Tour’s Shenzhen International at the beginning of the year.

With such a strong line up of Chinese golfers, a spectacular battle of golf awaits at the Sheshan International Golf Club and Team China will be calling for all their fans to cheer them on from the 26th-29th of October!

Tickets are on sale here. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please click here or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Star-studded field gathering for Asia’s Major

Created on: 9th October 2017

















 

“This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year…” Jon Rahm

World No.5 Jon Rahm, World No.7 Jason Day and 2017 Tour Championship Winner Xander Schauffele have all confirmed their debut in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Many of golf’s leading stars will join defending champion and World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, and World No.1 and 2013 Champion Dustin Johnson for the final World Golf Championship of the year.

















 

The star-studded field will include the three Olympic medallists, Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze), as well as Marc Leishman, winner of the PGA’s BMW Championship earlier this month, Brooks Koepka, 2017 US Open Champion, US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, and fan favourite and five time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

European stars include 10-time European Tour winner Alex Noren, England’s Paul Casey, World No. 14 Tommy Fleetwood who is currently leading the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, 2010 HSBC Champions winner Francesco Molinari, and five-time European Tour winner Rafael Cabrera Bello.

















 

Qualifying in his own right this year, Li Haotong will head up China’s interest, along with six players that still to be nominated by the Chinese Golf Association.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, who turned professional only last year and won the Farmers Insurance Open in January, has been racing up the world rankings ever since an impressive win at the Irish Open in the summer. Rahm said: “This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year and I would love to make a really strong debut in Shanghai. Majors and World Golf Championships are the titles you want to add to your CV and I would love to feature on the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.”

















 

Phil Mickelson said: “I am delighted to be returning to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Having won there in 2007 and 2009, the Sheshan Golf Club is a very special place for me and I would love to be able to make my return to the winning circle there. The fans in China are like nowhere else in the world in terms of their energy and enthusiasm and I cannot wait to return and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the tournament so many refer to as ‘Asia’s Major.”

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, said: Once again the strength of field at the 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be unrivalled in Asia. This year has been a truly exciting one in the world of golf.  We have seen many first-time winners on the PGA and European Tours and at the Majors. It’s also been another stellar year for Chinese golf, with the incredible performance of Li Haotong at The Open and Dou Zecheng becoming the first Chinese player to earn a full PGA Tour card.  At HSBC we are immensely proud of the role we’ve played in growing the game in China and it’s inspiring to see the emergence of Chinese players on the world stage. With such a star-studded field it is shaping up to be a truly exciting instalment of ‘Asia’s Major’.

Tickets are on sale here with early bird promotions available until 12th October. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please stay tuned to our website or follow our official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Matsuyama and Johnson Commit Early To 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

Created on : 31st August 2017

















Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and 2013 Champion Dustin Johnson have confirmed their participation in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Since Matsuyama's triumph at 'Asia's Major' last October when he became the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championship, he has gone from strength to strength, winning four times, including the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open and, earlier this month, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He reached a career high ranking of number two in June and is currently lying in third place on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Matsuyama won last year by a cool seven shots from Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger. His rounds of 66, 65, 68 and 66 took in as many as 29 birdies, and he is relishing a return to Sheshan.

Matsuyama said: "Sheshan has some very special memories for me. It was a great honour to become the first Japanese winner of a World Golf Championships and to do it against such a world-class field was very special. I believe the confidence I gained with such a big victory there has really helped me with my performances this year."

















At the top of the world rankings, Johnson became the only man to have completed the WGC-Slam when he won both the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play earlier this year.

Johnson, who suffered a back injury following a fall on the eve of this year's Masters, returned to the winning circle last week at the PGA's Northern Trust tournament. He commented: "It is great that Hideki and I hold all the 2017 WGC titles between us, so we will both be gunning to win the final WGC of the year. I really look forward to returning to Shanghai and it always helps to be returning to a course where you have won before. The Chinese fans are awesome and bring a real energy and enthusiasm that always makes it really fun to play there."

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, added: "WGC-HSBC Champions is our flagship event in global golf and an early announcement of two of the world's best players is hugely exciting. Quality of field is the calling card for this tournament which has earned the reputation of 'Asia's Major' and for the past three years we have attracted forty of the world's top fifty golfers. Following recent heroics China's leading players are truly coming of age at just the right time. This event means so much to them. It is their major. It first inspired them into the game then nurtured their skills. Now it gives this new generation a chance to unleash their talents against the world's best. All in front their home fans. It's a mouth-watering prospect."

Ticket sales launch on Sep.1st in www.HSBCgolf.com/buy-tickets-online. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

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HSBC has been voted best overall provider of offshore renminbi (RMB) products and services in Asiamoney’s Offshore RMB Poll 2017.

China firm cut from a different cloth

If Richard Sun were to sew his company’s label into shirts and jackets he would be known the world over.

Quorn Foods

Leveraging HSBC’s far-reaching global network and single platform to expand business around the world.

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